Bandipur fire spreads to pristine Gopalaswamy hills, razes 200 acres of forest cover

Bandipur fire spreads to pristine Gopalaswamy hills, razes 200 acres of forest cover

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-02-24 13:07 Bengaluru: The wild fire that devastated Bandipur tiger reserve has continued its dance of destruction. The fire was seen in places like Gopalaswamy hills range and Maddur range on Friday.The blaze that took the toll of innumerable wildlife and forest trees has now spread to other parts with the pristine Gopalaswamy hills (GS Betta) burning. The incident has taken a toll on the forest staff too as hundreds of fore watchers have rushed to the spot douse the fire.The fire that was seen at around 6 am near Hagdhalla village near the Gopalaswamy hills range began to spread rapidly. However, the team of guards and watchers responded immediately and rushed to the spot. The Range Forest Officers (RFO) of GS Betta are personally supervising the fire-fighting measures. However, the fire was brought under control at around11.30 am.This is the second incident of fire mishap near the same location in a week. Sources in the forest department said that stricter measures have been taken to prevent further fire accidents.Bandipur has witnessed fire mishaps in Kalkere, Gundre, N Begur, Moleyur range, Gopalaswamy hills and Maddur range. The extent of fire damage is not known, yet. However, the Conservator of Forests, Bandipur T Heeralal has said that an estimated 200 hectares of forest has burnt down.Sources in the forest department said that there has been a huge loss of wildlife during the fire mishap at Kalkere. However, Conservator Heeralal denied it.​